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  1. Hi Diann! I am so glad to see that you are cruising again! Mitzi and I hope to see you onboard sometime soon. We enjoyed our brief interactions on the Nieuw Amsterdam a few years ago...
  2. I believe the ship is Nieuw Amsterdam. Sorry for such a tragic loss. Condolences to his family and the staff and crew.
  3. Capt. van Zaane just left in front of us, on Nieuw A HD Stan Kuppens is in SEA SC Jochem Bakker is now a captain and working out of SEA as deputy director marine ops and new builds CE Marcel Kiers is somewhere on a dam ship CElec Ed van Weijen is also somewhere on a dam ship Queen Maxima is in her palace
  4. Already eight plus years ago, Nieuw A's take-out senior officers, all Cloggies, and the Argentinian-born Dutch queen/godmother
  5. Hi everyone Took our first cruise last year to Alaska. Holland America's nieuw amsterdam.crew couldn't do enough for u and the passengers were a mixture of ages and cultures. Fav spot for us being animal lovers was the crows nest. Baby faced porpoises, otters and dolphins. Whales were hard to spot and late into the afternoon the bridge said they'd spotted or as. We travelled late june/july prob the best time for weather. Top tip. Try the pizza bar by the pool. Omg! Delish...
  6. From the Celebrity website: Standard Package $49 USD/per night* Enjoy all the spirits listed in the Standard Package. An 18% service charge is added to each check. Wines by the bottle are discounted by 10%. VODKA A selection of house vodkas GIN A selection of house gins TEQUILA A selection of house tequilas WHISKEYS A selection of house whiskeys COCKTAILS A selection of Bloody Marys, daiquiris, and piña coladas made with house spirits RUM A selection of house rums LIQUEURS & COGNACS A selection of house liqueurs and cognacs BEERS Bud Light Budweiser Dos Equis Heineken Heineken Light Tiger WINES A selection of cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, merlots, sauvignon blancs, and red blends NON-ALCOHOLIC Still water Fountain sodas Classic Package $59 USD/per night* Includes drinks up to $9 and those of the Standard Beverage Package. An 18% service charge is added to each check. Wines by the bottle are discounted by 15% VODKA Absolut and Flavors New Amsterdam Smirnoff Tito’s GIN Beefeater Bombay Dry Gordon’s TEQUILA Cazadores Blanco Don Julio Blanco Herradura Blanco WHISKEY (BOURBON, CANADIAN, IRISH, AND SCOTCH) Canadian Club Dewar’s White Label Famous Grouse Jim Beam Johnnie Walker Red Monkey Shoulder Seagram’s 7 Seagram’s VO COCKTAILS A large selection of classic cocktails made with Classic Beverage Package spirits RUM Bacardi & Flavors Bacardi Oakheart Captain Morgan's Kraken Black Spiced Malibu Myer’s Wray & Nephew LIQUEURS & COGNACS Campari Galliano Goldschlager Hennessy VS Kahlua Kirsch Licor 43 Novo Fogo Cachacas Ouzo Romana Sambuca Southern Comfort Tia Maria BEERS Alaska Brewing (Alaska Sailngs) Amstel Light Boddington’s Coors Light Corona Light Corona Franziskaner Kirin Kirin Light Miller Lite Moretti Newcastle Brown Ale Pabst Blue Ribbon Red Stripe Sam Adams Strongbow hard ciders WINES A large selection of wines from around the world, such as chardonnays from California, merlots from Washington, malbecs from Argentina, and riojas from Spain NON-ALCOHOLIC Nonpremium bottle water Premium coffees Juices Sodas Premium teas The extra 20% for the Classic is definitely worth it. By the way, the phrase "An 18% service charge is added to each check" is misleading. It means you will pay an 18% service charge at the time you purchase the package - NOT that you will pay a service charge each time you have a drink.
  7. I wasn't terribly impressed with the ATK presenter this past February on the Nieuw Amsterdam. The subject was brownies. The presenter actually said that they polled the testers at ATK and the Ghiradelli boxed mix was the unanimous winner. So they decided just to tweak the recipe. With that, I left the presentation and made a mental note to buy a box of Ghiradelli when I got home.
  8. Too bad for the passengers. Public transport to get to and from Amsterdam is rather bad. Cabs will be expensive. IJmuiden has nothing to offer. Ships will certainly sell more excursion and transfers.
  9. My first cruise with HAL was in the Mediterranean in July on the Nieuw Amsterdam. About 15% of the passengers were under 18. The Baltic cruise should have a similar number. It was a very lively group in Club Hal. Depending on numbers, the age groups were sometimes combined. Ds7 and dd13 had loads of fun. The VOV cruise would have fewer kids, but there should still be some. Our second cruise was on an older ship and had fewer than 30 kids but ds8 and dd 15 still found friends to do things with. In Club Hal, there were no dance parties, but the kids played video games/ colored etc.
  10. This year four HAL ships will dock in Sitka: Eurodam, Oosterdam, Amsterdam and Maasdam.
  11. Me too!! I usually stock up in Amsterdam due to the Dutch proclivity for licorice.......had no idea about the Danes!!
  12. That ShutteDirect company dares to ask 827 Euro for a roundtrip for 8. That's easy money for twice an one and a half hour drive. Even I would take a day off from the office and do that with a rental van LOL.. Renting a 9 person van is about 150-200 Euro including fuel. Not that you want to drive and park a van in Amsterdam... as a tourist. Train and metro will probably be some 40-45 Euro per person. Did not look for an exact fare. Browse through some coach + driver rentals, email them for some quotes, some might even offer day tours that suit your plans. Try www.doelen.net, they are pretty good.
  13. Not on the Nieuw Statendam but the same thing happens all the time on the Koningsdam between Billboard Onboard and the BB King Blues Club ... and there is no sound bleed.
  14. On Koningsdam there was a small buffet with Fingerfood in the Billboard Lounge, l believe. Does Nieuw Statendam feature it as well in one of the lounges? I know the layout is slightly different regarding the bars.
  15. We are Delta One from Detroit with our connecting flight to Copenhagen via Air France so we need to go to 2F. I figured that out. Hoping we come in 2E Hall K which would be closest. Is there a way to check that now for a flight in October? The airline representative I spoke to yesterday told me we SHOULD have enough time. Famous last words but we have all day to get to Copenhagen so I’m going to try to chill about it and go with the flow. I appreciate all of the helpful comments. As with all travel, it’s best to not stress too much and we definitely have plenty of time to regroup if we miss our connection in Paris. Looking at our future flights through CDG and have 4+ hours for that so a lot more time to work with. As I peruse the Delta recommended flights for our itinerary they all have short connection times of under two hours including through Amsterdam so obviously they think it is doable. I miss the old days of airline travel where life was simpler! Sigh....
  16. Jeans are fine in MDR as long as they are not torn and faded and a collared shirt is worn. Signature Suites do not get priority boarding, only 4, 5 star mariners and Neptune and Pinnacle Suites get priority boarding. The N. Amsterdam holds about 1600 less passengers than the Edge and embarkation will not be as crowded.
  17. Our group has 4 adults and 2 kids (8 yo). We will be on ms Nieuw Amsterdam and visiting Juneau on Monday 8/6. We booked the excursion "Tracy Arm Fjord & Glacier Explorer" through HAL. The itinerary says the ship will arrive at Tracy Am Inlet at 10am. However, the excursion page states it starts at 9:15 and lasts 6 hours. I wonder if anyone who had experience could tell me what time we will approximately arrive at Juneau? I'm thinking visiting Mendenhall Glacier and Nuggt Fall too. does it worth to go Mendenhall after watching glaciers close up in the morning? If so, I saw the last shuttle is often 6pm. Will we have enough time to catch it? Thank you in advance.
  18. Here's my latest report! Once I'm on board, I will primarily post on my blog, at http://www.writerondeck.com (you can subscribe there via email), but I'll try to stay in touch here as well. Day -2, Grand Asia 2018 Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, Chicago: Just Waiting to Move to My Next Home Today is my last day in Chicago until Christmas. Tomorrow I fly to Los Angeles before boarding the MS Amsterdam on Sunday for the Grand Asia 2018 cruise. Being “homeless” since selling my house has really meant that I have multiple homes. Or at least I pay rent in multiple places. One is a bedroom in my sister’s home in Plano, a suburb of Dallas. My cats live there, and I plan to spend the winter there again this year. I have a small apartment in Chicago, where my nephew lives along with his girlfriend and their newborn son. Last summer, I finished out his lease after they moved to a larger unit in the same building. I loved Chicago so much that I came back this summer. I think I will return again next year. Technically, I guess I also pay “rent” for my storage unit in Plano. Next year I plan to rid of a lot of the things I thought I needed after selling my house a few years ago. I may move the few things I keep to a small storage unit near my other sister’s home in Fort Smith, Ark., where the rates are much lower. And finally, I can almost say that my other home is on the MS Amsterdam. I spent almost three months there last year and will do the same this year. (If I decide to book the Holland America World Cruise in 2020, I will live there for almost five months.) Last year Holland America greeted us on the Grand Asia cruise with a large “Welcome Home” banner. It does feel like home. I’m ready to go. Today I’m just filling time, spending most of the day in a coffee shop with my writing group. All I have left to pack is my carryon bag and a backpack with electronics. I may go as overboard with electronics as I do with shoes. My list includes laptop, iPad, iPhone and assorted cables and accessories. I’m a bit nervous about my drastic decision to leave my DSLR camera and lenses at home. I’ll use my iPhone 8 and two Ollo lens attachments. Instead of lagging behind on tours to get the perfect shot, my intention is to lag behind while quickly sketching the scenes. And that brings me to art supplies. Last year’s watercolor instructor Jack was generous with supplies. He had ample paint palettes, brushes and paper for our use in or out of class. We will have a different instructor this year, so I don’t know what to expect. Therefore I packed my own paper, paints, brushes and pens. I’m eager to get on the “dam” ship already. Waiting isn’t fun.
  19. Trying to get the high points of my recent cruise experiencedown before they fade into the next cruise…. Travel to Ship I flew out of LA the day before the cruise and arrived inAmsterdam the morning of the cruise. Many on this site arrived days (if notweeks) earlier and they had the right idea. It is tough when you arrive dropyour bags off and go exploring after being up for about 24 hours! Check In Check in was a little weird. The cameras that took photoswere not working properly. Also, they could not find my card for the cruise. Iwas hoping that meant that I was going to get an upgrade to a Royal Suite butno such luck. It took them about 15 to 20 minutes to track down my card (ormaybe made a new one.) Amsterdam I won’t spend a great deal of time in the review on theports although the Anne Frank House was an interesting experience. Amsterdam isa fascinating city…also stayed out of the coffee shops…walked about 4 to 5miles…. Back to Ship Made my way back to the ship…it was bout 3PM. Already had mycard, but when I arrived to get on board there was probably the worstbottleneck at the gangway I have ever experienced. From what I gathered it wasbecause of the malfunctioning cameras at check in. Security had to retakephotos of guests as they arrived on the ship so that process slowed everythingdown. Brilliance of the Seas Ok my overview of the ship…I think she looks great! Therewere working to make her even better during the cruise. I believe they hadcontractors onboard working on improving the wireless system and replacingvarious doors. Cabin I was in an OV on deck 3 (3500). It was at the very front ofthe ship on the starboard side. The cabin was neat and as I was sailing solothe space was fine. The cabin steward (Reuben) was very good. He figured out myrhythm pretty quick and there were no issues during the 17 day sailing. Iappreciated his care. (side note: I try to make my footprint really small…Imean..these men and women work their you know what’s off) Entertainment There were many acts all were great…Diva of the Seas (what aname!) I thought she was great….David Naster…fantastic…(laugh…always laugh,right!) I enjoyed some of the talks…I thought the singers and dancers providedsome good entertainment…with the exception of “Tango” the shows were new to me.I enjoyed them all. Orchestra…fantastic…rhythm section…wowed me (really)…hornsgreat guys…just great. Mike the CD, really competent, fun and I believe he was sickwith a cold, but he did what troupers do…and did it well… Dining I want to spend a few lines reflecting on the food in themain dining room. There is always this “discussion” about the food qualitygoing down on RCI. Before I left for this cruise I decided to take a look atthat… Here is my take…Yes, there have been changes. I mean it took them days tocook the bacon more and the sausage less. (lol) Yes, there was no lobsternight; gone are the days of faming cherries or baked Alaska…but the product isstill pretty good. I also asked myself the question…. “if this was my firsttime cruising, would I enjoy?” The answer is yes. But do I miss the chilled soups…doI miss the extravagance (and waste) of the midnight buffet? Sure… But it wasstill pretty good The servers Milos and Anak (sp) were great…really great…(really)nothing but praise for their care and service… Specialty Dining Chops great…but they are getting skimpy on the sides (I likeasparagus) Giovanni’s great…Ossobuco…too good…service in bothoutstanding Izummi - Here is mything with this place…I never quite got it. I mean, the food is good, trieddifferent things…I also admit not much of a sushi fan, but still felt I ammissing something… Well, this trip I asked the server to just “take care of me”.His name is Januarius… He brought out some sushi roll…and then what seems to beanother type of roll…and then a udon noodle dish. WOW! I GET IT! I mean is wasa fantastic meal…I had to thank him over and over again..it was a pretty darngreat experience. Sailing We had to thread aa needle on this cruise. I mean hurricaneFlorence was to the SW and there was a disturbance behind us and abut threestorms waiting for us near Bermuda…The captain did an excellent job of keepingeveryone informed and the although there were a couple of day of minor rocking(which I like) there were no scenes from “Life of Pi” Captain (The Master) dida great job. Ports Only thing I will say about the ports (Including Azores) isthe weather was awesome! The brilliance staff and crew were great…this was my second time on her and it was better than the first…and that was awesome too.
  20. Latest Update: As June 2, 2018 PLEASE NOTE: It’s a big help to me that you use the following format when requesting to have your updates added to this thread Jan 23 (8302) Los Angeles to Sydney - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) or Jan 23 (OCY180123-24) – Los Angeles to Sydney – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Thank you. Keith ========================================= For anyone booking a cruise, please post to this thread so that we can include you on the future cruising lists for your cruise. 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  21. I agree with a previous poster and urge you to still consider Celebrity. The solstice class ships have just a few more hundred people but a lot more area to hide them. The area to passenger capacity ratio is excellent on those ships, better than on K-dam. Take a gander at the new Celebrity Edge that will debut around the same time as the Nieuw Statendam. The concepts they're implementing on that ship look pretty cool, but only time will tell if they pull them off. You have plenty of time to book your cruise and can wait for reviews of the ship before committing. That said, I enjoy both lines and have a large group booked on the Nieuw Statendam next September. You can't go wrong either way!
  22. In early March of this year the casino on the Nieuw Amsterdam was smoke free. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. Copper. Yesterday on the Nieuw Statendam thread they reported that a shell fell off life boat. What is a “Shell”?
  24. Hi, from all the items I have read about concerning different cities, I think the Douro is the only one where you are not able to walk right off and go into town...…..you would have to do specific research if you are wanting to know about a particular city but I know when I cruised on AMA back in 2016 I remember being able to walk right off (that was sailing out of Amsterdam).
  25. Friday, February 15, 2019 At Sea en route to Papeete, Tahiti When it’s Valentine’s Day, the m/s Amsterdam celebrates in a big way. Even at breakfast, it seemed red was everywhere, from the hanging decorations to the clothes worn by both men and women to the red hearts in the beautiful flower arrangements all over the ship. Later in the day, a knock at our door brought Wayan, our cabin steward, with a long-stemmed red rose as well as two boxes of chocolate bars from Seattle, gifts from HAL. We’ve been given those before, and they really are delicious. Funny aside: I was going through my “cruise shoes” box while packing and I found a three-pack of those same type of chocolate bars, apparently from the 2017 WC. A strong believer in “waste not, want not,” I threw them into the suitcase and we ate them over a week’s period after boarding. I don’t think that these two packages will last that long! John went to play pickleball at 4:00, and when he came back at 5:00, which is a bit early, I wondered at the time, but when I saw him limping in, I began worrying. Just yesterday at breakfast we’d spoken about a pickleball friend who had injured his leg. The new surface is pebbly, which prevents players from slipping and sliding, but it makes it much easier to catch oneself and pull a muscle. Well, that’s what John had done. He apparently had pulled a muscle in his calf and it was really hurting him. I went out and found some ice to put in a zip-lock bag, so he sat on the verandah with the ice underneath his calf. It seemed to help, but then wrapping it tightly with an Ace bandage helped even more. In the Crow’s Nest during cocktail hour, there was so much red and sparkly jewelry that it almost hurt my eyes. Part of the Crow’s Nest was closed off because a couple was having a “renewal of vows” with friends. We never did find out who it was, since that part of the CN can be walled off completely for privacy. The most common attire for men - since it was a formal night - was a white dinner jacket with a red bow tie. John, feeling somewhat contrary, wore his newest formal shirt which has blue buttons. To match them, he wore a blue and pink striped bow tie. Oh well. At dinner, the dining room was beautifully decorated with groups of hanging sparkly hearts, red and white covered chairs, and hundreds of people dressed in variations of red. Our officer was Renee, the spa manager, who has been a friend for several years. John and I had brought a bag of large conversation hearts to decorate the table, while Leslie brought bags of four different kinds of chocolates as well as little heart-shaped toys which she had purchased at the dollar store in Ft. Lauderdale. All in all, it was great fun, while we played with the toys and read the conversation hearts aloud. Considering our ages, however, reading glasses were occasionally necessary! After dinner, there was a Valentine’s Ball in the Queen’s Lounge, with music provided by the Ocean Bar band. I had thought that group a little dull, but the group’s singer, complete with silver sparkly top, just belted out great dance music. John had been concerned that he wouldn’t be able to dance with his injury, but he did manage two dances, after which I danced with Henk, our Hotel Manager and friend. John didn’t seem any the worse for wear, so when the ball ended at 10:30, he suggested we head up to the Crow’s Nest for more dancing. It was packed up there! I think all the cadet officers, tall and good looking Dutchmen, were in attendance, and there were tons of absolutely lovely young ladies to keep them company. John was in fine form, and we danced three or four more times there, until he figured he’d better give his leg a rest. We then used the time to catch up with our WC friends Bob and Judy, and saw several of Bob’s wonderful new photos. He is a great photographer, and we always enjoy seeing his collected photos on Facebook after the cruise. Then the clock said midnight, so we agreed that it was bedtime. We set the clocks back an hour - again! We have done that five nights in a row, and it’s really playing havoc with some passengers’ sleep schedules. I’ve heard that there are people walking the decks at 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning, just because their sleep schedules are off. Personally, I sleep quite well, and I’m always glad for that extra hour. Tomorrow is Papeete, one of our favorite ports. It’s been raining most of today, and we’re just hoping that we get some beautiful weather tomorrow in Papeete and the next day in Moorea. P. S. Just picked up our newest book club selection, Force of Nature, written by Jane Harper, who also wrote The Dry, which we read in 2017.
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